Organized Crime and Corruption Report Project (OCCRP), an international organization, has released a new report on the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)’s corruption scandal.
OCCRP, the organization which released the report titled, “Paradise Leased – The Theft of the Maldives”, is the investigation reporting platform which blew the whistle on secret businesses of famous world leaders by releasing the Panama papers.
In the report, OCCRP stated that the evidence found on the MMPRC scandal implicated President Abdulla Yameen and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.
Whenever an allegation regarding the MMPRC scandal is made against the duo, they point the finger at the other, vehemently denying any involvement in the scandal.
The report publicized how the islands were leased out to developers and exposed the names of the local businessmen and foreign investors that benefited from the deal.
The report also implied that they attempted to get statements from those named in the report prior to publishing. However, according to the report none of them wanted to respond.
OCCRP’s report further stated that the it was compiled using previous information publicized about the scandal and using photos and messages found on Adeeb’s phone.
Al-Jazeera news channel had also broadcasted a documentary about the scandal, titled “Stealing Paradise”.